How to Become a Pharmacy Technician in Oklahoma

Careers for pharmacy technicians are growing around the country. Opportunities are available in cities, suburbs, small towns and rural areas, because all pharmacies need techs to keep things running smoothly and to help patients. Technicians take inventory, handle phone calls, take payments, process claims and package medications. [Leer en español]

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In Oklahoma, you are not required to complete a post-secondary educational program to become a pharmacy technician. You only have to be registered with the state and be willing to receive on-the-job training from a licensed pharmacist.

Requirements for Pharmacy Techs in Oklahoma

The requirements for becoming a pharmacy technician in Oklahoma are easy to achieve and are set by the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy (OSBP). You must have finished high school or earned a GED, have good moral character, and be physically and mentally capable of doing the job.

You must apply for a pharmacy technician permit through the OSBP in order to work as a tech. In order to qualify for a permit, you have to complete on-the-job training at a licensed pharmacy. This means it is up to you to find a pharmacy and pharmacist willing to take you on for training.

Oklahoma Academic Programs for Pharmacy Technology

While a formal education is not required to become a pharmacy tech in the state, you may want to complete a post-secondary program for a few reasons. It will give you some basic background knowledge to help you do the job better and be ready for training on the job. A good program will also make you more appealing to employers and give you an advantage over other candidates. Here are some educational options in Oklahoma:

  • Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City. This program meets twice a week in the evenings for about two months and costs just $700. The cost includes three textbooks and 50 instructional hours. You must have a high school diploma or GED to enroll.
  • Tulsa Community College, Tulsa. In Tulsa, you can complete this program to earn a certificate in pharmacy technology. The coursework includes traditional classroom learning as well as hands-on technical training. This program admits high school students who are at least 18 years old and who have only three credits left to complete.
  • Meridian Technology Center, Stillwater. Both high school seniors and adults can enroll in this Stillwater program. It is more involved than other programs and includes 600 hours of instruction. Tuition is $1,800.
  • Penn Foster Career School. Penn Foster offers an affordable, ASHP Accredited online Pharmacy Technician training program. More information.

Pharmacy Tech Certification in Oklahoma

Certification is not required in Oklahoma, but you may want to show that you have the knowledge to do the job by applying for and receiving national pharmacy technician certification. There are two widely-accepted options: the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board and the Examination for Certification as Pharmacy Technician through the National Healthcareer Association. Each exam costs a little over $100.

Salary Expectations and Career Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the annual average salary for a pharmacy tech in the U.S. is $32,700. In Oklahoma, the average in 2018 was $30,790 per year and $14.81 per hour. The techs earning the most in the state made more than $41,990 that year.

The demand for pharmacy technicians is high throughout the country. Across all states, the projection for growth in careers for this kind of position is 12 percent between 2016 and 2026. For Oklahoma, that growth is expected to be a little less but still strong at nearly eight percent.

Working as a Pharmacy Technician in Oklahoma

Oklahoma pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies throughout the state, under the supervision of licensed pharmacists. There are pharmacies everywhere, although you will find more opportunities in denser population centers around Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman and Lawton. Look for jobs in grocery stores and drug stores, hospitals, nursing homes and other residential care facilities.

FAQs

What are best pharmacy technician schools in Oklahoma?

  1. Mid-Del Technology Center, Midwest City
  2. Meridian Technology Center, Stillwater
  3. Pioneer Technology Center, Ponca City
  4. Tulsa Community College, Tulsa
  5. Platt College, Tulsa

How do you become a pharmacy technician in Oklahoma?

  1. You must be at least 18 years old
  2. You must have a high school diploma or GED
  3. Pass a criminal record check
  4. Apply for a pharmacy technician permit through the the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy (OSBP)
  5. Complete on-the-job training at a licensed pharmacy

How much do pharmacy technicians make in Oklahoma?

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technicians in the state of Oklahoma made an average of $30,790 per year in 2018. Entry-level pharm techs earned around $21,860 and some experienced professionals earned as much as $41,990.

All School Listings

Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area Area

High Plains Technology Center

3921 34th St, Woodward, Oklahoma 73801Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program

High Plains Technology Center’s Certificate-level Pharmacy Technician program is imparted at their campus in Woodward in Woodward County, Oklahoma. The college has in the region of 257 students in total, with the majority of students on < 2-year programs. The school has institutional accreditation from the Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education.* The cost of tuition is likely to be in the order of $1,582 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $400, although this will vary with the program.

Meridian Technology Center

1312 S Sangre Rd, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074-1899Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program

The Certificate program at Meridian Technology Center is based at their campus in the town of Stillwater. This public college has in the order of 807 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. Meridian Technology Center has institutional accreditation from the Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education.* The retention rate of full-time students at this college is 87%. The cost of tuition is in the order of $1,996 per year. Learning materials may cost in the order of $1,167, although this will vary with the program.

Oklahoma City, OK Area

Platt College-Central OKC

309 S Ann Arbor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73128-1112Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program

Platt College’s Certificate Pharmacy Technician program is imparted at their Central OKC campus in the city of Oklahoma City. The college has in the order of 200 students in total, with most students on 2-year programs. The school has institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.* The cost of tuition for the Pharmacy Technician program is about $15,420 for each academic year. Program completion is usually 10 months.

Lawton, OK Area

Platt College-Lawton

112 S.W. Eleventh Street, Lawton, Oklahoma 73501-3808Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program

Platt College’s Certificate Pharmacy Technician program is imparted at their Lawton campus in the city of Lawton. The college has round 185 students in total, with the majority of students on < 2-year programs. The school is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.* The retention rate of full-time students at this college is over 80%. The cost of tuition for the Pharmacy Technician program is about $15,420 for each academic year. Typically, the program is completed in 10 months.

Tulsa, OK Area

Platt College-Tulsa

3801 S Sheridan, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program

Platt College’s Certificate-level Pharmacy Technician program is imparted at their Tulsa campus in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The college has about 360 students in total, with most students on 4-year programs. Platt College-Tulsa is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.* The cost of tuition for the Pharmacy Technician program is usually about $15,420 for each academic year. Typically, the program is completed in 10 months.

Tulsa Community College

6111 E Skelly Dr, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135-6198Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program

Tulsa Community College’s Certificate-level Pharmacy Technician program is imparted at their campus in the city of Tulsa. Most of the school’s 18,640 students are on 2-year programs. The school has institutional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.* The cost of tuition for students living in the state is about $2,606 and for students from other states around $7,048 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,248, although this will depend on the program.

Tulsa Technology Center-Lemley Campus

3420 S Memorial Drive, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145-1390Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program

The Certificate program at Tulsa Technology Center can be taken at their Lemley Campus campus in the city of Tulsa, OK. Most of the school’s 1,762 students are on short programs of under two years. The school is institutionally accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees.* Fees for tuition are about $5,895 for each academic year, while study materials may cost roughly $1,731, although this varies from program to program.

Tulsa Technology Center-Owasso Campus

10800 N 140th E Ave, Owasso, Oklahoma 74055Pharmacy Technician – Certificate Program

Tulsa Technology Center’s Certificate-level Pharmacy Technician program is imparted at their Owasso Campus campus in Owasso in Tulsa County. Most of the school’s 323 students are on short programs of under two years. Fees for tuition are usually about $3,567 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $142, although this will depend on the program.

* Accredition status and tuition fees are correct at the time of last update and are sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Confirm with college or university prior to application.

Out-of-State Options

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